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Kino Lorber nabs ‘Putin’s Kiss’

Film acquired at Intl. Documentary Film Festival

Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to coming of age story ”Putin’s Kiss.”

Kino Lorber said Friday that the film, by Lise Birk Pedersen and Monday Production, was acquired at the Intl. Documentary Film Festival, where it had its world premiere in the IDFA Feature Documentary competition. The acquisition was negotiated by Kino Lorber Vice President Elizabeth Sheldon and Helle Faber of Made in Copenhagen.

”Kiss” will be released theatrically after its North American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary competition and will broadcast on ITVS in late 2012.

Putin’s Kiss” portrays contemporary life in Russia through a middle-class, 19-year-old Russian girl and a member of Nashi, a political youth organization that is connected with the Kremlin. She quickly ascends to the top of Nashi, which allows her to become the protege of the Minister of Youth and is rewarded for her loyalty with an apartment while attending Moscow State University — but then learns that a radical faction within the organization is supposedly responsible for attacks against anyone who criticizes Putin.

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